(HealthDay News) -- Most anyone can buy cough medicine at the local drug store, but that doesn't mean it's harmless, especially to youngsters.
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The American Academy of Family Physicians offers this advice when giving cough medicine to children:
- Never give cough medicine to a child younger than age 4 unless the pediatrician approves it.
- Never give a child a cough medicine for adults, or any medication that contains aspirin.
- Don't give your child both a prescription and OTC medication at the same time, or multiple OTC cough medicines unless the pediatrician says it's OK.
- Don't give your child cough medicine that has expired.
- If your child doesn't get better quickly, see the pediatrician before continuing an OTC medication.
- Never give your child a cough medicine just to help the child sleep.
-- Diana Kohnle
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